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Software Toolkit Inspects Automotive Components

MPC , a Walworth, Wisconsin-based manufacturer of plastic parts for the automotive industry, builds many types of components. One such product is the oil filler cap for the car’s engine. The cap is made of injection-molded plastic, with a rubber O-ring seal around it, and a pad-printed logo and instructions at the top (Figure 1). To ensure design consistency, the caps must go through an inspection process. The goals for the component inspection include:

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Split Camera

Industrial Sensor Vision International (ISVI) Corp. (Cheshire, CT) has introduced two split cameras for automation, PCB, and wafer inspection. The 5 Mega Pixel / 30 FPS Split camera has a 1.67 x 1.67 μm pixel size; CMOS sensor size of .22"; Camera Link functionality, and global shutter. The device features 8 bits per pixel and a .31V/lux.s sensitivity. The 10 Mega Pixel / 15 FPS Split camera has similar specifications, along with a CMOS sensor size of 0.434". Both cameras are available with cable length of 200 mm or 500 mm. The cameras use M14 mount type and have optional 13.4μm / 18.2μm lenses.

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Contrast Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) has announced DK12-11-IO Series Contrast Sensors. The DK12-11-IO sensors use a three-color light source to detect differences in two colors of media. The components are IO-Link-compatible, enabling them to provide enhanced configuration options and visibility of the sensor’s color evaluation. Additionally, the sensors include Pepperl+Fuchs’ 4- in-1™ output, which delivers four output options from a single sensor.

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Near-Infrared Camera

The Piranha HS NIR Line Scan Camera from Teledyne DALSA (Billerica, MA) features improved sensitivity in near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths from 700 to 1050 nanometers. The Piranha HS NIR, which includes time delay and integration (TDI) technology, meets the requirements of low light applications such as solar cell inspection, PCB / electronics inspection, large web applications, and food/drug inspection.

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Programmable Camera

Linux-based, programmable cameras from VRmagic (Cambridge, MA) are now available with miniature connectors. For its Linux-based intelligent cameras, VRmagic offers a back end with Picoblade™ connectors for Ethernet, USB 2.0 Host, RS232, and General Purpose I/O Analog Video Output. Additionally, a PCB with DVI or HDMI output can be connected to the cameras. The external board is connected with the PCB stack via a flexible printed circuit cable (FPC). Synchronized image recording and display is also possible via DVI or HDMI up to 60 Hz.

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Infrared Zoom Lens

The f/5.5 Atalanta IR zoom lens from IRZoom, the infrared zoom lens division of Computer Optics Inc. (Hudson, NH), offers a 15-435 mm focal range with 3-second, end-to-end continuous zoom. Optional 2x and 2.5x extenders allow 1000-mm imagery in the mid-wave infrared range.

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Embedded Vision System

Adlink Technology (San Jose, CA) has released the EOS-1200, a Gigabit PoE embedded vision system that implements the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad core processor, providing four independent gigabit PoE (power over Ethernet) ports with data transfer rates up to 4.0 Gb/s.

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Vision System

The XG-8000 Vision System from the Keyence Corporation (Itasca, IL) features line scan camera models, a high-speed triple core processor, and multicamera connectivity. The XG-8000 offers simultaneous operation of up to 8 cameras. High-load data processing, from 5 megapixel area scan and 8K line scan cameras (capable of capturing 67 megapixel images), is achieved through distributed processing across three high-speed cores. Visual LED indicators display received light intensities and image sharpness, and a new HMI touch panel provides an additional interface option. Users can now choose from direct handheld controller operation and remote desktop through Keyence software or VNC viewer.

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Software Development Toolkit

Matrox Imaging (Dorval, Quebec, Canada) has announced enhancements to the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) 9, a software development toolkit for image analysis, machine vision, medical imaging, and video analytics. The enhancements include improvements to code reading and verification, GPU-based processing, and GenICam™ support.

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Measuring Techniques Improve Efficiency & Safety of Nanoparticles

Using high-precision microscopy and X-ray scattering techniques, University of Oregon researchers have gained new insights into the process of applying green chemistry to nanotechnology - resulting in high yields, improved efficiency, and a dramatic reduction of waste and potential negative exposure to human health or the environment.

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